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Kodkod

Oncifelis guigna

The kodkod, or guigna, is the smallest cat in South America and is about half the size of a domestic cat. Kodkods live in Chile and Argentina. They are similar in appearance to Geoffroy’s cats and have yellowish-brown fur with black spots, stripes on the face and a short, thick tail.

Kodkods are nocturnal cats that live in forests and hunt birds, reptiles and other small mammals. These cats are said to be excellent climbers and occasionally hunt in the trees. Unlike other cats, kodkods are more social rather than solitary.

Not much is known about kodkods because they are so rare. Extensive habit destruction is their biggest threat. The IUCN currently lists the kodkod as vulnerable.

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